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PACIFIC WAR STORIES: in the words of those who survived [Kindle Edition]

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The most extensive collection published to date of first-person oral histories on so many diverse aspects of the war in the Pacific—told in gripping, eyewitness accounts by more than seventy veterans from all branches of service.

In this new book by the authors of Pacific Legacy: Image and Memory of World War II in the Pacific, the history of the War in the Pacific comes vividly to life in the words of those who witnessed it first hand. The editors create for the reader, as the veterans themselves recall it, what that war was like—how it looked, felt, smelled, and sounded. The stories collected here are a unique portrayal of the mundane, exotic, boring, terrifying, life-altering events that made up their wartime experiences in World War II in the Pacific, a war fought on countless far-flung islands over an area that constitutes about one-third of the globe. What the veterans saw and lived through has stayed with them their entire lives, and much of it comes to the surface again through their vivid memories.

The narratives, grouped into fifteen thematic, chronologically arranged chapters, are stirring, first-hand accounts, from front-line combat at the epicenter of violence and death to restless, weary boredom on rear area islands thousands of miles from the fighting. While their experiences differed, all were changed by what happened to them in the Pacific. These are not the stories of sweeping strategies or bold moves by generals and admirals. Instead, we hear from men and women on the lower rungs, including ordinary seamen on vessels that encountered Japanese warships and planes and sometimes came out second best, rank-and-file Marines who were in amtracs churning toward bullet-swept tropical beaches and saw their buddies killed beside them, and astounded eyewitnesses to the war’s sudden start on December 7, 1941. This is an important book for military buffs as well as for the survivors of World War II and their families.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2946 KB
  • Print Length: 512 pages
  • Publisher: Abbeville Press (27 Sep 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S. r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0071BBOY2
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pacific War Stories 24 Dec 2009
Format:Hardcover
I purchased this item for my partner who has an obsessive interest in anything concerning WW2. It arrived in good time and first class condition. My partner has since read the book and found it interesting and informative.
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5.0 out of 5 stars 70 Wonderful Stories 2 Dec 2004
By John Matlock - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
World War II is now sixty years old. The commanders, older than the troops have passed on. The stories that are left to be told have to come second hand, or from the troops themselves, the young men that carried the rifles, drove the tanks, or more likely did the thousand and one other tasks that make a modern military work. Regardless of their assigned task, an awful lot of these people came under attack somewhere, they were captured and in prison camps for years, and these at least came back to tell their tale. Often they had held inside what they had seen and done.

Here are the recorded stories of 70 veterans of the pacific war. This is not the big story of how the Marines went in at Tarawa, learned about how to invade, polished it up, and went on to win the war. Instead this is the story of the marine that goes ashore on Guadalcanal a month after the first invasion, he eventually goes up to the combat line. He never sees a Japanese solder. This is the flyer who is sent to the hospital with malaria and misses the battle. These are the people who won the war. I am reminded of the line from John Milton: "They Also Serve Who Only Stand And Wait."

These are fascinating stories from people we'll never meet.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pacific war stories 30 July 2007
By R. Koepp - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I found this to be a well written and extremely interesting collection of "real war stories". It was gratifying to read the combat, as well as the "backwater" stories of the people who carried the fight to the enemy in the Pacific theater. Full of simple stories, as well as full of harrowing bloody accounts, the book brings to life a sense of how the complete war was fought from the individuals viewpoint. Highly recommended, an easy read.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pacific War Stories: in the words of those who survived 25 July 2007
By E. Best - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
If you want to share very vivid rememberances of what it was like in the Pacific, this is the book to buy! Wonderful stories you can't put down. You will feel transported there. A must read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Overview 6 Feb 2005
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
I thought this book created a comprehensive overview of the war in the Pacific. So much attention has been given to the war in Europe, it was nice to get a better understanding of what so many overlooked veterans experienced. The author did an excellent job of gathering information and stories to help the reader see the war from many perspectives.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Go straight to George Fukuhara story 23 Jan 2013
By Todd M. Steed - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
The George Fukuhara story was so incredible I read it a half dozen times. Why is this not a movie yet?

This is a superb collection of personal narratives. You'll learn a lot about the war in the process of learning about these amazing individual stories. I'll return to this book again- and share with my pals, too.
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